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J R Soc Med. 2014 Feb;107(2):66-74. doi: 10.1177/0141076813502956. Epub 2013 Oct 9.

Gender, ethnicity and graduate status, and junior doctors' self-reported preparedness for clinical practice: national questionnaire surveys.

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UK Medical Careers Research Group, Unit of Health-Care Epidemiology, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Medical schools need to ensure that graduates feel well prepared for their first medical job. Our objective was to report on differences in junior doctors' self-reported preparedness for work according to gender, ethnicity and graduate status.

DESIGN:

Postal and electronic questionnaires.

SETTING:

UK.

PARTICIPANTS:

Medical graduates of 2008 and 2009, from all UK medical schools, one year after graduation.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The main outcome measure was the doctors' level of agreement with the statement that 'My experience at medical school prepared me well for the jobs I have undertaken so far', to which respondents were asked to reply on a scale from 'strongly agree' to 'strongly disagree'.

RESULTS:

Women were slightly less likely than men to agree that they felt well prepared for work (50% of women agreed or strongly agreed vs. 54% of men), independently of medical school, ethnicity, graduate entry status and intercalated degree status, although they were no more likely than men to regard lack of preparedness as having been a problem for them. Adjusting for the other subgroup differences, non-white respondents were less likely to report feeling well prepared than white (44% vs. 54%), and were more likely to indicate that lack of preparedness was a problem (30% non-white vs. 24% white). There were also some gender and ethnic differences in preparedness for specific areas of work.

CONCLUSIONS:

The identified gender and ethnic differences need to be further explored to determine whether they are due to differences in self-confidence or in actual preparedness.

KEYWORDS:

ethnicity; gender; junior doctors; medical education; preparedness for work

PMID:
24108533
PMCID:
PMC3914428
DOI:
10.1177/0141076813502956
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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